Buenos Aires Police detained several protesters during clashes on Thursday morning after a bill to legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy was rejected by a narrow 38:31 vote.

Police barricaded the Senate and launched water cannons against protesters who hurled objects at them. Several detentions were made.

Senators rejected the bill by a seven vote margin, 38:31, with two abstentions.

The bill had not been supported by President Mauricio Macri.

Pro-choice supporters in Argentina had been rallied by legislative success in other predominantly Catholic countries such as Ireland, but in Latin America only three other states; Uruguay, Guyana and Cuba, permit early-term abortions.

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